I started my nurse training in North Wales in the 80’s, the days of perms and big hair, which caused many a problem for me to keep under my starched hat!!
On qualifying the jobs were sparse so I moved to join my brother living in Leicester to work on a general ITU where I spent two and a half happy years gaining valuable experience in an acute setting. I had a change in speciality (something which was to become my passion) and moved to work in CCU. After undertaking the ENB 162 Cardiothoracic Nursing course I worked on a cardiology ward before moving South to Southend on Sea to return once again to CCU. Here, I undertook my EN to RGN conversion course before moving to London to work on a very busy cardiothoracic and vascular surgical ward.
I realised that I missed cardiology, so once again moved to another busy hospital (St Georges) where I was to spend the next 18 years. I was very lucky to experience nursing patients who had undergone heart transplantation as well as gaining management experience when running a busy ward as a senior staff nurse. I branched into Cardiac Rehabilitation, a role which allowed me to develop my skills in health promotion and education with patients and staff alike.
Despite loving my job, my patients and my place of work, I felt I needed a new challenge, so with my wide nursing experience but none in primary care, I ventured into the role of practice nursing in 2010.
I have learnt so much about all the aspects of this role. I love working autonomously, yet being part of a great team and the variety each day brings. I feel my past experiences working in a wide variety of specialities gives me a greater understanding in the needs of my patients. I am the designated lead nurse for childhood immunisations in my NHS surgery, an area which I particularly love.
Outside work I enjoy watching my team (West Ham United) play football (maybe not so much of late!) and walking my dog Trevor.
EN (Enrolled Nurse)
RGN (Registered Nurse)
ENB 162 Cardiothoracic Nursing
ENB 998- Mentor training